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Judging on a Collegial Court

Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making Virginia A. Hettinger, Stefanie A. Lindquist, and Wendy L. Martinek

in the professional world as a starting point for collaboration; rather than leaving decisions to just one person, dissent offers the opportunity to rethink or reinvent an idea, leading, one hopes, to a better result. When dissensus occurs in a federal court, however, it raises the question of... More


Diversity in Democracy

Minority Representation in the United States Gary M. Segura and Shaun Bowler, eds.

As the racial and ethnic minority populations of the United States grow past 30 percent, candidates cannot afford to ignore the minority vote. The studies collected in Diversity and Democracy show that political scientists, too, must fully recognize the significance of minority-representation... More


The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism

Lessons from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel Emanuel Gross

Radically different from other struggles covered by the international laws of war, the war on terrorism continues to create new legal challenges and grave moral dilemmas for the free world. Democracies are increasingly faced with balancing security against civil liberties, human rights, and the... More


Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education

William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin. in collaboration with Susanne C. Pichler

Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson’s vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the... More


Creating Constitutional Change

Clashes over Power and Liberty in the Supreme Court Gregg Ivers and Kevin T. McGuire, eds.

Because the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tell us what the Constitution means, they can create constitutional change. For quite some time, general readers who have been interested in understanding those changes have not had a concise volume that explores major decisions in which those changes... More


The Bill of Rights, The Courts, and the Law

David Bearinger, ed.

The Bill of Rights, perhaps the single most important document in American history, has provided a strong and remarkably durable framework in which the limits of government, the scope of individual liberty, and the nature of our democratic system have been defined for more than two hundred years.... More


Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy

Critical Perspectives from around the World Peter H. Russell and David M. O'Brien, eds.

This collection of essays by leading scholars of constitutional law looks at a critical component of constitutional democracy--judicial independence--from an international comparative perspective. Peter H. Russell's introduction outlines a general theory of judicial independence, while the... More


Legacies of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Bernard Grofman, ed.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act, in conjunction with the Voting Rights Act of the following year, totally transformed the shape of American race relations. Supporters of the Civil Rights Act sought, at minimum, the elimination of racial segregation in publicly supported schools, hospitals, public... More


The State against the Peasantry

Rural Struggles in Colonial and Postcolonial Mozambique Merle L. Bowen

In 1975, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) led the country to independence after a ten-year guerilla war against Portuguese colonial rule. Peasants were essential to the victory, but once in power Frelimo evolved from a popular liberation movement into a bureaucratic one-party... More


Power versus Liberty

Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson James H. Read

Does every increase in the power of government entail a loss of liberty for the people? James H. Read examines how four key Founders--James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Wilson, and Thomas Jefferson--wrestled with this question during the first two decades of the American Republic.Power versus... More


Counting on the Latino Vote

Latinos as a New Electorate Louis DeSipio

Latinos, along with other new immigrants, are not being incorporated into U.S. politics as rapidly as their predecessors, raising concerns about political fragmentation along ethnic lines. In Counting on the Latino Vote, Louis DeSipio uses the first national studies of Latinos to investigate... More


The Modernity of Witchcraft

Politics and the Occult in Postcolonial Africa Peter Geschiere. Translated by Janet Roitman and Peter Geschiere

To many Westerners, the disappearance of African traditions of witchcraft might seem inevitable wuth continued modernization. In The Modernity of Witchcraft, Peter Geschieres uses his own experiences among the Maka and in other parts of eastern and southern Cameroon, as well as other... More


Imagining Miami

Ethnic Politics in a Postmodern World Sheila L. Croucher

Miami has long captured the world's attention in provocative ways. During the 1980s, a series of violent racial disturbances focused national and international attention there as analysts and observers scrambled to explain the demise of the "Magic City." What has emerged is a popular image of Miami... More


The Market Revolution in America

Social, Political, and Religious Expressions 1800–1880 Edited by Melvyn Stokes and Steven Conway

The last decade has seen a major shift in the way nineteenth-century American history is interpreted, and increasing attention is being paid to the market revolution occurring between 1815 and the Civil War. This collection of twelve essays by preeminent scholars in nineteenth-century history aims... More


Limits of Anarchy

Intervention and State Formation in Chad Sam C. Nolutshungu

The emergence and disintegration of states, often under conditions of appalling violence, is a problem of primary importance in the world. Chad's long experience of civil strife and foreign intervention illustrates some of the fundamental difficulties involved in the attempt to achieve political... More


Dividing The Commons

Politics, Policy, and Culture in Botswana Pauline E. Peters

Pauline E. Peters shows how Africa's current grazing-land policy, like the water-development policies of the 1930s, is part of a historical process through which resources are allocated, wealth created or destroyed, and some interests promoted at the cost of others. At the heart of the dividing of... More


Political Development and the New Realism in Sub-Saharan Africa

David E. Apter and Carl G. Rosberg, eds.

Since the 1950s David Apter and Carl Rosenberg have been among the leading American scholars in African Studies. In this volume they, along with other major specialists in the field, explore the new configurations of African politics.With tentative efforts at a revival of democracy now taking place... More


The Moral Foundations of the American Republic

Robert H. Horwitz

Contributors:Joseph Cropsey * Benjamin R. Barber * Richard Hofstadter * Martin Diamond * Gordon S. Wood * Robert A. Goldwin * Wilson Carey McWilliams * Robert A. Dahl * James Ceaser * Walter Berns * Herbert J. Storing * Will Morrisey * Michael P. Zuckert


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